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Catalina Island Casino Ballroom

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Address: 1 Casino Way, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
Phone Number: 310 510 2000
Description: Few words can describe the ambiance of the Catalina Casino: it epitomizes...
Few words can describe the ambiance of the Catalina Casino: it epitomizes everything glamorous and romantic about Catalina Island. The one-of-a-kind venue is simply stunning inside, outside, and all around. If the meticulously decorated walls could talk, they’d tell countless stories of romance and celebration gathered from decades of memorable events. The immense, Deco-themed ballroom is large enough to contain weddings, large meetings or lectures or musical events. The Casino has retained its signature lavish style: a stunning medley of rose-hued walls, an arching, 50-foot ceiling with five Tiffany chandeliers, an elevated stage, raised seating areas surrounding the wooden dance floor, and a vintage full-service bar anchoring the back. A sweeping veranda surrounds the ballroom with stunning 360-degree views of Avalon Bay.
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This is an experience!

If you get a chance, go see a movie the movie theater, the auditorium is amazing. Detail is breathtaking. There even is a huge organ there that still works. Each seat end is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
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123 reviews 123 reviews
14 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

If you get a chance, go see a movie the movie theater, the auditorium is amazing. Detail is breathtaking. There even is a huge organ there that still works. Each seat end is colorfully painted. If you get a chance to go to any event in the upper casino like the annual Jazz Festival, you must go! The history is... More 

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Bonsall, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Our Tour Guide Rebecca was a hoot. This is a great fun tour... and if you love history... and music... and art... you will love this tour

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Fresno, California
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79 reviews 79 reviews
14 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

I'm not much on taking tours, but this place was a treat! Must have been a blast back when Wrigley and company entertained the stars! Well worth the time, as a matter of fact I would take this tour again, just to revisit the things I may have missed. Check out the museum first, then take the tour.

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Signal Hill, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

The behind the scenes tour is worth the access you get to the whole place. Being in the theater was amazing. Really good time.

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North Highlands, California
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5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

Very impressive. Had no idea the ballroom was so large. Interesting history and worth the tour whether you choose the short or long tour you get an idea of the impressive nature this ballroom must have been in the initial installation. Photos do not do it justice....

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Sheridan, Arkansas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

This ballroom was huge and awesome. The floors are beautiful the whole thing is beautiful. Rails separate the dining area from the dance floor. And the deco is outstanding! The ceiling lights and artwork in the center is just beautiful! It leads outside where you can view the city and bay of Avalon from 10 stories up.

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Richardson, Texas
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60 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

The Casino ballroom tour with tour guide Rebecca is interesting in this very historic building. Please note the walk up multiple ball park like stairs to the ballroom

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Tinley Park, Illinois
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149 reviews 149 reviews
31 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Mr. Wrigley did a phenomenal job of building this building. He definitely spared no expense. Gorgeous murals Tiffany lighting,gold leaf, silver leaf decorations and beautiful black walnut paneling, wood inlays. Definitely a must see.

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Elizabeth, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Tour docent Rebecca did a good job of showing us around the casino, this attraction is more suited to people with a high level of interest in architecture and history.

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Perth, Australia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

We took a behind the scenes tour of the Casino Ballroom. CBS during 1940s use to broadcast big bands from Catalina. We were taken to the private viewing room; camera projection room; ballroom and behind the stage. Casino Ballroom is a must for travellers who love archietecture.

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